Author: Rusty Fischer
Details: ARC 371 pgs. (published in paperback)
Published: May 1st, 2011 by Medallion
isbn: 1605423823 (ISBN13: 9781605423821)
Reading Level: Young Adult
In the sleepy small town of Barracuda Bay, Maddy Swift leads the life of a fairly typical teenager, but while attending a party one night, Maddy is struck by lightning and awakens to realize she has been reanimated and turned into a zombie. While becoming acquainted with her new "lifestyle," Maddy stumbles upon two unexpected undead chaperones, fellow students Dane and Chloe, who begin to teach her the ways of zombie life, including defending the populace from Zerkers—the bad zombies. Together, on prom night, the three teens must ultimately defend Barracuda Bay High from an all-out zombie Armageddon.
I thought this was going to be a sort of ridiculous funny. And it was. But it got pretty serious, far more serious then I ever expected. It all worked together, but it wasn't what I would guess would work so I kept being surprised.
I liked the main character, Maddy, and I liked all the side characters as well. I never knew where things were going with them and they all kept you on your toes. You didn't always know who was good, and sometimes they changed so I was constantly guessing. Were they really bad? Or were they still good? It was surprising some of the places the author took the characters.
The romance never really had a chance to get off the ground. Maddy was busy learning about being a zombie and all the rules that go with it. While also trying to keep herself 'alive', or at least not dead dead or a bad zombie (yes, there are good zombies and bad zombies). I look forward to seeing where the romance goes in the next one (that hasn't been wrote yet but he's now thinking on writing one). It definitely left off like there's more to come, though it wasn't a cliffhanger.
I really liked the tone that Rusty set with this book. It really felt different and was very well done. I really felt like the voices seemed authentic, and for an adult male writing the story~ well, he did an AMAZING job writing a teenage girl! I really never would have guessed.
I'm anxious to read more from Rusty Fischer and see where he takes things with Maddy in the next book. I really think everyone will surprised how this book goes. From the ridiculous (in a good way) funny to very serious. The twists and turns thrown in the path that you may not see coming. Anyway, give it a try!
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Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book from the publisher for review purposes. All opinions expressed are my own, I was not paid or influenced in any way.